At Bethany Lutheran Health Services we are following all the CDC recommendations to protect our residents and community members. The following has been in effect for the last two weeks and will continue until we are directed on new procedures. Please check our Facebook page or our website for up to date information.
Since our last email update, we have had eight additional community members test positive with our rapid test kits. We have had one staff member call in for signs/symptoms. At this time, we have 7 staff members on leave due to positive test results, 2 staff members out to monitor symptoms, and 16 community members in isolation due to test results. Additionally, we have a handful of staff members on restrictions due to potential exposures.
We will continue to remain in outbreak status until we have gone 14 days with no new positive test results. During this period, we are required to conduct covid-19 testing on our community members every 3 to 7 days. Visits are on hold until further notice.
I know that this is a very scary time for everyone, especially while we cannot have visitors in the building. Please rest assured our staff are working hard to limit the spread within our community. They are going above and beyond every day to protect the loved ones that you have entrusted to our care. The steps that we are taking can be found in the attached document.
With the positive cases in Pottawattamie County still rising, and the holidays approaching, we urge all of you to remember to take extra precautions to reduce the spread of the virus. Please try to avoid large gatherings, wear a mask around anyone not in your family, wash your hands frequently, closely monitor for signs and symptoms, and stay home if you are sick. Please remember our loved ones in a long term care community or that have an increased risk due to other health issues and to please remain cautious to help keep them safe. We all want to see an end to the restrictions and the only way we can fight for that successfully is when we start seeing a decrease in risk. Covid-19 could be spread by someone that doesn’t even know that they are a carrier. We work with a very fragile population in our communities and it takes all of us remembering to do the right thing to keep them as safe as we possibly can.
Since 1975, Bethany Lutheran Home has been dedicated to helping people meet the challenges and enjoy the blessings of aging. Bethany Lutheran Home was founded and sponsored by 15 area Lutheran churches in 1975. Today we embrace all faiths.
Bethany Heights originally began as an independent living facility in 1991. In 2008, as the needs of seniors who resided at Bethany changed, the facility was converted into a licensed assisted living facility. Bethany Heights offers apartment homes as well as additional services for seniors to ensure to meet the needs of each individual.
We strive to do our best in meeting the needs as well as desires of our residents and tenants as they reside at Bethany.